A public lecture video by the Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS). This lecture was held on June 29, 2017. The speaker was Ian Condry, Cultural Anthropologist and Professor at MIT.
As sci-fi writer William Gibson has said, “The future is already here; it is just unevenly distributed.” With the on-going decline of the recording industry, music offers a natural experiment in emerging forms of social economies, and thus presents pictures of what a post-capitalist future might be. By comparing diverse examples of how musicians make livelihoods today, we can observe how social and economic values are complexly intertwined. Examples are drawn from Japan and the US, and will include pop idols (real and virtual), the underground DJ scene, and crowd-funding efforts to support musical projects.